#WxGeekSpeak: Shortwave & Longwave Radiation

Every week, the blog introduces you to a technical term from the American Meteorology Society’s “Glossary of Meteorology”. Welcome to #WxGeekSpeak!

The blog explained earlier why you never want to leave a living creature inside your unattended car. Jeff breaks down the difference between shortwave and longwave radiation & how it relates to your vehicle in the video above.

Full definition of shortwave radiation:

In meteorology, a term used loosely to distinguish radiation in the visible and near-visible portions of the electromagnetic spectrum (roughly 0.4–4.0 μm in wavelength), usually of solar origin, from that at longer wavelengths (longwave radiation), usually of terrestrial origin.

Full definition of longwave radiation:

In meteorology, a term used loosely to distinguish radiation at wavelengths longer than about 4 μm, usually of terrestrial origin, from those at shorter wavelengths (shortwave radiation), usually of solar origin.

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